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Shuzenji Onsen (CP) is one of the oldest and most famous hot spring resort towns on the Izu Peninsula. Located in the hilly center of the peninsula, it lacks the ocean views of many nearby onsen towns but attracts visitors with its history and attractive setting.

Shuzenji Onsen was named after Shuzenji Temple (CT) at the center of town. Kobo Daishi, one of Japan's most important religious personalities, founded the temple about 1200 years ago.

Today, it is a Zen Buddhist temple where visitors can participate in meditation classes (Tuesdays from 9:30, reservation required). Kobo Daishi is also said to have created Shuzenji's most prominent hot spring, Tokko-no-yu, located in the middle of the river bed that runs through the town center. Today, Tokko-no-yu is used as a foot bath.

Other attractions in Shuzenji's town center include a small bamboo forest, several historic ryokan and a few tastefully designed shops and cafes. Onsen bathing is possible at the town's public bath, Hakoyu. Furthermore, several of the town's ryokan open their baths to non-staying guests during the day for a fee (from around 1000 yen).

Getting there and around

Take the Izuhakone Railway from Mishima Station to Shuzenji Station (35 minutes, 520 yen one way, frequent departures). Alternatively, there are a few direct JR limited express Odoriko trains that run all the way from Tokyo to Shuzenji (around 2 hours, about 4500 yen one way). The Japan Rail Pass does not cover trains between Mishima and Shuzenji.

From Shuzenji Station, it is still a 5-10 minute bus or taxi ride to the hot spring town. Take a frequent bus bound for Shuzenji Onsen (CP) or Nijino Sato (̋) and get off at Shuzenji Onsen (220 yen one way). A taxi ride costs about 1300 yen one way.

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    • Ryokan Izuna
      Budget-friendly
      Located a 20-minute walk from JR Atami Station and 1.7km from Atami Onsen, Ryokan Izuna offers ocean views and Japanese-style breakfast. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms at Ryokan Izuna feature an ocean view with tatami (woven-straw) floor. All rooms have a private bathroom. Free luggage storage is available at Ryokan Izuna. Guests can relax in the shared lounge, which overlooks the on-site garden with cherry blossoms in spring. Food and drink is offered at the property at an additional cost. There are a few restaurants within a 3-minute walk from the property. An array of activities are offered in the area, such as golfing, scuba diving and hiking. Izusan Shrine is a 10-minute walk from Ryokan Izuna, while Jyukkoku Pass is a 30-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 80 km from the property.
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    • Guesthouse Nishihara
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Atami and with Atami Sun Beach reachable within 1.9 km, Guesthouse Nishihara provides a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 2-star guest house offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. The guest house features family rooms. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. The guest house offers certain rooms with city views, and each room includes a kettle. At Guesthouse Nishihara each room comes with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers 2-star accommodation with a hot spring bath and barbecue. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 25 km from Guesthouse Nishihara, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 34 km away. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 56 km from the guest house.
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    • Hotel New Akao
      Luxury
      Hotel New Akao is a 10-minute ride from JR Atami Train Station, and a free shuttle is offered. The modern accommodation features hot-spring baths with ocean views, a rooftop garden and a French restaurant. Spacious guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, a tea/coffee maker and a television set. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Free WiFi is availble in all areas.
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    • Guest House MARUYA
      Budget-friendly
      Located in the central area of Atami and a 15-minute walk from JR Atami Station, Guest House MARUYA offers capsule rooms fitted with Japanese futon-bedding. Guests can take a few minutes' walk to soak in the nearby hot springs or a 10-minute drive to visit the Atami Castle. JR Shinyokohama Station can be reached with a 50-minute ride on the shinkansen (bullet train). Haneda Airport is a 2-hour drive away from the property. There is a shared kitchen and lounge, where guests can socialise and relax. Washing machines and towel rentals are available at a surcharge. Each room at MARUYA Guest House comes with a power outlet and clothes hangers. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. Meals are not provided at the property; however, there are several dining options nearby.
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    • Atami Korakuen Hotel
      Luxury
      Situated in Atami, 1.4 km from Atami Sun Beach, Atami Korakuen Hotel features accommodation with a terrace, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. The property is set 28 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station, 33 km from Shuzen-ji Temple and 47 km from Mount Daruma. The hotel has a sauna, room service and free WiFi. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, all rooms at Atami Korakuen Hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also boast a balcony. The units will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. The reception at Atami Korakuen Hotel can provide tips on the area. Hakone Checkpoint is 21 km from the hotel, while Hakone Shrine is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 54 km from Atami Korakuen Hotel.
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    • Atami Onsen Guest House Megumi
      Mid-range
      Situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Atami, Guest House Megumi is just a 5-minute walk from JR Atami Station. Atami Sun Beach is can be reached via a 4-minute stroll. Private parking and free WiFi are available on site. Every room has a sea view, and guests can enjoy fireworks during Atami Fireworks Festival in a guest room. A shared bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge with a TV at the property. For guests' comfort, a natural hot spring bath is provided free of charge. Rental towels and washing machine are available at a fee. There are some dining options and convenience store within a 10-minute walk. Izusan Shrine is 1.6 km from Guest House Megumi, while Nagahama Beach is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 81 km from Guest House Megumi.
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    • Atami Fuga
      Mid-range
      Situated in Atami, 2.4 km from Atami Sun Beach, Atami Fuga features accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. This 3-star ryokan offers free shuttle service and luggage storage space. The ryokan has a sauna, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. All rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV, and some units at Atami Fuga have a balcony. At the accommodation all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at Atami Fuga can enjoy an American breakfast. The ryokan offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. You can play billiards at this 3-star ryokan. Shuzen-ji Temple is 31 km from Atami Fuga, while Hakone-Yumoto Station is 31 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 57 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Micuras
      Mid-range
      Located along Atami Sun Beach and looking out to the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Micuras boasts spacious hot spring baths, a sauna and a massage spa. This modern and stylish hotel offers large guestrooms and free Wi-Fi at the public area. JR Atami Station is a 10-minute walk away. Fitted with a relaxing ambience and wide windows, each room comes with a comfortable sofa, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. A fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags are also included. Rooms with sea views feature a shower booth with a rain shower head. While staying at the Micuras Hotel guests can unwind in the public hot spring baths with a great ocean view, or receive rejuvenating massages at on-site Sanacion Spa. Free luggage storage services are offered. The hotel is a 12-minute walk from Kinomiya Shrine. MOA Museum of Art is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride away. Micuras Dining restaurant offers exquisite French cuisine and fine wine in an elegant setting. The hotel serves American breakfast daily.
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    • atami onsen guesthouse nagomi
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, atami onsen guesthouse nagomi is set in Atami, 1.3 km from Atami Sun Beach and 31 km from Shuzen-ji Temple. With free WiFi, this 1-star guest house has a garden and a terrace. Private parking is available on site. Certain rooms also offer a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave. The guest house offers 1-star accommodation with a hot tub and hot spring bath. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 31 km from atami onsen guesthouse nagomi, while Mount Daruma is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 56 km from the accommodation.
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    • Onsen Hostel Hinoemi
      Budget-friendly
      Onsen Hostel Hinoemi is located in Atami, 1.2 km from Atami Onsen. The on-site public hot spring bath is open between 08:00-10:00 and 15:00-23:00. The shared shower and shared kitchen at the property are open 24 hours. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom. The nearest airport is Haneda Airport, 80 km from the property.
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